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    Question Drop foot advice

    Hi, I had phenol blocks (Botox injections to back of knees) around 3 years ago to help prevent 'drop foot', the medical team failed to cast or splint my ankles properly so this procedure failed and now I have 'drop foot'. I live in the UK where our National Health Service (NHS) don't believe too much with regards to stem cell or drug related therapies, so no further therapy or body maintenance was allocated in my case, therefore no things like standing frames or splinting were made available. I get 2 aides in the morning then at night for an hour and have a personal assistant 9 to 5. Problem is, even if I bought a standing frame, I still need 2 aides to put me in the stand frame so they don't have time to put me in a standing frame even if I had one.

    • At 3 years post failed Phenol blocks, can further phenol block and proper splinting and stretching still be used?
    • Are there any means of stretching calves and ankles to reverse 'drop foot' whilst seated in my wheelchair?
    • Or is the use of a standing frame the only realistic option?

    Any advice welcome.

    Andy. (higgs)
    Last edited by higgs; 01-10-2007 at 10:21 AM.

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    good questions.

    answers anybody?

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    Higgs,

    Why don't you ask a nurse and Dr.Wise on this site. I don't have any medical exerpience, but I think it is a positive sign that you are asking questions and trying to find the best avenue possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by higgs
    Hi, I had phenol blocks (Botox injections to back of knees) around 3 years ago to help prevent 'drop foot', the medical team failed to cast or splint my ankles properly so this procedure failed and now I have 'drop foot'. I live in the UK where our National Health Service (NHS) don't believe too much with regards to stem cell or drug related therapies, so no further therapy or body maintenance was allocated in my case, therefore no things like standing frames or splinting were made available. I get 2 aides in the morning then at night for an hour and have a personal assistant 9 to 5. Problem is, even if I bought a standing frame, I still need 2 aides to put me in the stand frame so they don't have time to put me in a standing frame even if I had one.

    • At 3 years post failed Phenol blocks, can further phenol block and proper splinting and stretching still be used?
    • Are there any means of stretching calves and ankles to reverse 'drop foot' whilst seated in my wheelchair?
    • Or is the use of a standing frame the only realistic option?

    Any advice welcome.

    Andy. (higgs)

    Hey im not a Doctor just my two cents but while im in my chair I use a piece of theraband around my toe and pull it up over my knee. It is strong enough to pull my toes/front half of my foot off my footplate and give me a good stretch. I will leave it for 15 minutes or so then switch to the other leg. I don'tn know how much it is helping but I don't see how it could hurt and I can do it myself without any help.

    ^^(A)^^
    ^^(A)^^

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    Can you sit on a surface low enough so that your feet are firmly
    horizontal? It would be better to stand but...

    How much range have you lost? Is the foot straight down? Do you know what
    degree the foot is now?

    J.

    Mods, would this be better viewed in "Care?"
    And the truth shall set you free.

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    Hi, I've copied this post to the CARE forum, as you say, it’s more an SCI nurse question.

    Thanks

    Andy. (higgs)

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    Darty & NoDecafPlz

    See same subject and SCI Nurses answer on CARE forum.

    higgs

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    Please don't double post in multiple forums. I will lock the duplicate message in Care and refer people just this one post.

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